• Dec 18, 2010
2011 Hyundai Elantra configurator – Click above for high-res image gallery

Have you been itching to build your 2011 Hyundai Elantra? Scratch away, because the Elantra configurator is now up and running. We went through and built one ourselves... our fully-spec'd black-on-black 2011 Elantra Limited will only cost us $22,830, not too shabby since that includes the Premium Package, carpeted floor mats and an iPod cable.

After spending some time with the car, we opted for the surprisingly fun automatic transmission instead of the manual gearbox. We know that might be sacrilege to some, but the auto makes for a more enjoyable vehicle. How would you spec your new Hyundai Elantra? Sound off in the comments. Thanks for the heads up, Matchbox1966!




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm very sad to hear the reviewer recommend that automatic. I haven't drive the new Elantra and must take their word for it. But, checking the Hyundai website, I see that the 'fun' six speed automatic costs $2250 extra. At current gas prices, choosing the manual, while maybe not as much 'fun' (I still can't quite digest that), that savings in price alone will allow you 30,000 miles of extra gas money. The Elantra is a game changer however. The next generation Civic has it's work cut out for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you mean, 'you can only buy a stripper WITH a manual'. Buying the six speed auto means you've just bought your armrest, air, cruise, telescopic steering wheel and upmarket items like wheel covers, solar glass and 205/55/16 tires. I'm surprised Hyundai even bothered making the manual a 6 speed. It must be pretty weak and as you point out, you can't even get it on one of the models you might want to buy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nah, you can't buy the stripper model with a manual, so the cost for the ATX itself is actually only about $1k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, typo (brain fart).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just saw one yesterday. Looks great in person....no way I'd buy a Japanese competitor with this and the Jetta running around
        • 4 Years Ago
        Both the Elantra and Accent wear Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture thing better than the Sonata. If I were shopping for a Sonata GLS, I can't imagine passing over an Elantra Limited unless you really need the extra room.

        +1 on the Jetta. Somehow VW managed to get the Jetta's cheapness to totally overwhelm its German qualities.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I sat in a brand new Jetta a couple weeks ago, and it was unbelievably awful!
        The cheap plastic and poor interior design was embarrassing to even the sales staff.

        I'd buy a Hyundai any day compared to the other offerings on the market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Holy smolly that's a Hyundai? Kudos to them for finally offering us alternatives to those new f^gly Japanese cars on the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what to think about this car. I love it on paper - beautiful inside and out, innovative engine (148hp + 40mpg = omfg), awesome warranty. I drove a GLS and I have to say it was pretty disappointing. The overall feel was incredibly numb and it all felt too calculated and not inspired. This is still a sweet car b/c of what's on paper but imo it's not the home run I thought it would be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a Mercedes and drove the new Sonata and was impressed.

        I haven't heard that at all and I read tons of car magazines and online blogs. I think you guys have not driven any of the new Hyundai's based off those comments.

        It beat out the honda accord and several other mid-size competitiors in recent test.

        I think you'll are full of Hot Air.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That seems to be what most of the magazines say (the guys who test cars for a living) about most of these new Hyundai/Kias.

        Great on paper, not a great drive.

        People on autoblog don't seem to get that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really wish they make the 2.0 turbo an option.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've read a 1.6 liter turbo is coming after the first of the year. 175-200 hp. I gut tells me it will be about 185-190 hp given that similar turbo engines from Nissan and Mini produce
        182-188 Hp.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I recently sat in one of these at my local dealership in NJ and while I do agree that the entire fluidic sculpture, or whatever Hyundai calls its recent design theme, works better on Elantra than on Sonata, there is one major flaw in Elantras design, rear headroom, if you are 5'11 or taller, you gotta bend your head sideways, but I guess they just went with form over function. I can easily see how someone can get excited about its fresh looks compared to mundane competition, but once you actually examine the car, you will second guess whether it is the ultimate choice when it comes to versatility and interior room. Hyundai even claims that the new gen Elantra is classified as a mid size car, I don't know what the definition of a mid size car is these days but to me, being 6 feet tall, this car will unfortunately not work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Hyundai were to produce a 5 door hatchback version of this car, with awd, and retain the 40 MPG and 6 speed manual...I'd be trading in my e46 3 series with 140k on the odometer in a heartbeat

      Ill continue to dream :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chevy could take a lesson from Hyundai. Namely, how to make your new compact actually LOOK good (and make a compact relatively lightweight).
      • 4 Years Ago
      +2k for automatic on the base model. That seems a little too high
        • 4 Years Ago
        The very very base model doesn't even have a/c, so the price is artificially low.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's pretty messed up!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's really only the standard $1k. The other $1250 is for A/C, cruise, and 16" wheels. You can get those features as a package on the base model.

        The volume version will be the GLS with Automatic. At $17,800, it's several thousand less than the Sonata GLS. So pricing seems good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      About time... it's not like the local dealer here in middle of nowhere Oklahoma hasn't taken delivery of two of them already... oh wait.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I built one on their site...came to a shocking $22,880.00...not entirely loaded. For that money I could buy a loaded year-old Sonata Limited and still have a great warranty. I never expected such a price in the small car segment. I have a lot of respect for the quality and style of Hyundai vehicles...but, at this price, I still expected more than I was getting. Toyota got to that point with me in the late 1980's....see where they are now?
        • 4 Years Ago
        New cars are not designed to compete with USED cars. They are designed to compete with the other NEW vehicles in their category against which the Elantra is extremely competitive and actually offers stuff you can't get in most of it's competition for the same price!
        • 4 Years Ago
        and no that's the fully loaded one. so basically fully loaded elantra is under 23k. fully loaded cruze is 26k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        still 3 grand less than Cruze
      • 4 Years Ago
      You guys built an automatic transmission equipped car? BOO!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Personally, I'd rather have a great auto than a mediocre manual.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only thing I see the Limited adds is an all black interior (GLS is two tone), turn signals in the mirrors (oOoO!), 17" wheels, heated leather seats (Blah), and the option to add navi, rearview camera, immobilizer, and a better stereo.

        For 16k I can have a manny, and I won't care about the rest.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^^^ but on a 4 cylinder? no thanks, I'd stick with the manual.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a lot of dough for a Hyundai Elantra. 2010 Blue Edition is $10k less.

      If it's no good with a manual, then it's no good for me at any price.
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